I’m in love with the found family trope.
Like,,,, please give me more?? Friendship squads?? People who find their family in friends not blood?? Hello I’m dying over here!!!
Since I love them so much, I’ve read a fair few, and today I thought I’d recommend some of my favourite books featuring found families!!
THE RAVEN CYCLE
If you haven’t heard me talk about this book yet….. who are you?? Are you new??? You must be new, let me introduce myself: hi, I’m Rhi, and I will not stop screaming about this book series. and yes there are parts that are problematic but please leave me be if you look hard enough most books have faults
The found family in this is written in such a way that I care more about them than the plot line. It’s the sort of book that you remember 0 plot about, but you know a lot about the characters!! And you care too much about them!!
Just,,, please read this. It has ethereal talking trees and a magical forest and lots of Latin plus some romance for good measure. Something for everyone.
SIX OF CROWS
This was the first YA book series that I really got invested in. It was my first love, in a way, what am i even talking about that was probably legend,,, but like,,, i only got really invested after i’d read that twice so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and (after a recent reread! that took me a long time but it was worth it!) while I no longer love it quite as much, it’s still a favourite of mine. My copy has notes (yes, I wrote in it) and the spine is Very Cracked (I say that I’m over it and it’s fine but it is Not Fine) and it just makes me so happy??
For this one, there’s six of them (wow Rhi, that’s definitely not implied in the title) and they’re all quite unlikely (two are pretty much enemies, one i love but wHAT is he doing there, two have known each other for a Long time and it’s slowburn askhgfkas) but I just love them all??? It’s also odd because most of the time when I love books I relate immensely to one/some of the characters but in this I am precisely 0% similar to most of them. 😀
It IS quite hyped but I think it’s worth it. Leigh Bardugo has crafted a strong world, intricate heists, and some very loveable characters that I love screaming about!!!
RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE
This has a VERY tight gang and I love it!! I feel like the squad in this is underrated but!!! don’t forget about it!!! It also has the six people which just seems to be the perfect number??? Like,,, so many books have that?? (case in point: six of crows, raven cycle at the very end, etc i can’t actually think of mor but you get me right?
This book!!! Look, found family and a tight-knit friendship group is admittedly is not at the HEART of this book (romance and politics are) but I just find the friends so endearing together!! road trips!!! matchmaking!! I’m in love with all of them!!
This book also has enemies to lovers which is my OTHER true love in books.
Squad 312 are most definitely a found family – with more than half the squad not having actual parents?? But relying on each other?? I’m so soft for that?? Like,,, it’s just so heartwarming and it makes for top notch banter!!! Which is my one true love!! no jk my one true loves are enemies to lovers and found family
The group is pretty dysfunctional, and something that I like is that only one romance really comes into play?? I mean.. so far. Even then, it doesn’t have a (massive) effect on the plot which I love!!! They’re all too busy trying to save the universe</big> I guess.
Also!! The sequel came out recently!! So,,, more reason to read it? (other than the fact I’m recommending purely because my friend told me to put this book in!!)
This is definitely overlooked in terms of friendship goals?? The Phoenix Riders are VERY squad-like,…. they live in the same house, they play together…. they rescue each other from a fire… just general friend stuff…
While the Phoenix Riders are not at the centre of Warcross’ plot I loved them all so much! (Even though my absolute favourite character in those books goes to Hideo’s dog)
Other than the squad, this book has some STRONG rainbow hair vibes (can i just say renee walker and emika chen would be a hilarious ship sorry bye now), a lovely corgi, and some impressive hacking/VR playing?? Also a teensy bit of arson if that’s your thing…… if it is your thing I am slightly concerned…..
DRESS CODES FOR SMALL TOWNS
This book!!! So underrated!!! And the last time I read it was for my Pride rereads last year (spoiler: I read like 20 books last year and NO WAY can I do that again but I can almost guarantee most of June will be rereads which I allow because a) pride month rereads, it’s valid and b) birthday month!! you can have some rereads as a treat!!) bUT I’m planning to reread again this year and I will keep y’all updated!!
The Hexagon reasons I am in Love with the found family trope: most of them have funky names that are so cool is a group of six proving my point!!! friends in a small town and they’re all in love with each other and it’s so nice and even though sad stuff goes down I still love it!! Also
They’re all there for each other through everything and I want more friends like that!! (i do have some and i am forever thankful for them)
The Paris Gang!!! I basically shoved this book in here because I wanted to scream about it but no matter!! That’s what I do all the time anyway!!!
Everyone in this graphic novel (it’s also available to read online!! if you can’t pay!!) is so lovely and supportive and just complete cinnamon rolls!! The story deals with some trickier topics (MC has an eating disorder, talks about biphobia, homophobia, and transphobia, and coming out) but it’s such a fluffy book filled with the cutest characters who I adore!!
Just. Click here and read through and you’ll walk away feeling happy. I promise.
Tess and Day are practically siblings by now and like,,,, I feel like it gets overlooked in favour of June and Day?? When really, both are amazing. I can’t choose.
They’ve grown up on the streets of Lake together and even though some ~risky business~ happens between them they’re siblings?? Day can’t go back to his family, and Tess (watch me struggle over remembering what her backstory even wAS) doesn’t have one anymore? They become each other’s support systems out there, and become each other’s replacement family.
hey! what tropes do you love? any other found family recommendations? should i make this a series type thing? have you read any of these?
…look i also would have mentioned the foxhole court on here too because the Foxes are the definition of found families but the writing is pretty bad and there are definitely problematic bits soooo 🥺 decided to skip out that one but if you have read it PLEASE scream with me in the comment i adore all the Foxes so much you have no idea ❤